Seibertron.com member Fires_Of_Inferno pointed us in the direction of Baltmatrix's newest video review... Generations IDW Deluxe Class Armada Starscream! This figure is a brand new mold with a massive redesign of the original figure. No more detachable wing/sword or backpack that doesn't fold down, no sir. This time, Armada Starscream is done right.
Below is the embed, enjoy!
Fires_Of_Inferno wrote:I liked Armada Starscream. Not the character, I really didn't like the show, but I loved the figure! Hasbro went and made the figure better! Smaller, but better! Check out the review.
Courtesy of iTunes we have our first sneak peek at IDW Publishing's Transformers: More Thank Meets The Eye #25 - Dark Cybertron #6. Enjoy the mirrored images below:
A HERO FALLS—AND ONE RETURNS! The struggle in the DEAD UNIVERSE heats up as ORION PAX—the ’bot who was once OPTIMUS PRIME—and RODIMUS struggle with the legacy of PRIMES! Meanwhile, the Lost Light is under attack in deep space—and SHOCKWAVE and the terrifying NECROTITAN threatens CYBERTRON!
After previously seeing in-hand images of Starscream, the Mini-Con Assault Team, and Scoop, Autoboase Aichi rounds out the fourth Generations wave by providing in-hand images of Generations Skywarp! We are shown a pair of nice groupshots with the other two Seekers, as well as a comparison of Takara's version of Skywarp. The images have been mirrored below for everyone's viewing convenience.
DARK FORCES RISE! JHIAXUS—the mysterious senator who deleted himself from Cybertronian history—is back… but as friend or foe? RODIMUS PRIME is forced to question the motives of Primus himself—does he drag the AUTOBOTS into a war they can’t win… or side with an “enemy” who seeks only one thing: universal order?
Because what could go wrong..?
And here he is. Been teased for some time now, we've been developing a back story, dealing with the aftermath of the battle with Galvatron (while Optimus keeps building things in Oklahoma, as you do) and the primordial Cybertronians settling in - and there's quite a message going on with that plot, too - and now, Simon Furman brings Jhiaxus slap bang in the middle of it.
Surprise, he's a show-off
And he seems nice enough, if you ignore the thick, constant judging of everything on Cybertron, and the fact that his minions are terrifying and evil, and he's insanely rational and evil and supervillain-esque. Have I mentioned the minions are terrifying and evil? And racist/specieist? Surely the apple doesn't fall that far from the tree..
Rodimus Prime deals with Jhiaxus, who goes in full-on explanation mode - yet, still works, quite nicely, too. He's been set up to be an arrogant, learned, self-centred ex-senator, and that's exactly what his character is like. And there seems to be a reason behind all his power, too.
He's backed up by Hasbro!
I'm impressed. Furman plays well with his fairly expanded cast, while never losing sight of the threat posed by Jhiaxus. The Dinobots are brought in for a "subplot" of sorts, that ties in with the rest, we get to look at the continuation of the Fort Max plot, even if just for a glimpse, and the conclusion is very very fan-worthy
Guido Guidi is still on art duties, with Stephen Baskerville inking the gorgeous linework. I still sometimes forget that this is not Wildman at his best, as Guidi has done an amazing job at emulating the style while still keeping his own touch in the art. The more organic characters look brilliant, and Jhiaxus' face is something to be in awe.
As for colours, JP Bove once again delivers some stunningly chromed and slick paintjobs to absolutely everything, from organic technobirds to possessed giant robots to gold-shining faces and rubble, guns, skies and more. I'm still not sure how he does what he does, but does it he does, and does it well.
Chris Mowry's letters do a great job of helping out with the more action-based sequences, too, without ever getting in the way of the artwork - which is always a good thing. And make sure you take a look at all the covers: other than Andrew Wildman's classic A cover, Guidi's Fortress Maximus is a thing to behold, and Geoff Senior's cover is a fun as always!
Thoughts Spoilerish ahead
Ok, this was really fun. Furman's dialogue can get a little our of hand, especially reading this and Dark Cybertron together, but it still fits the characters. The action in this one is well-plotted and justified, and the storyline looks very promising. And I really hope other readers get the kick I got at the two revelatory point in the issue
Next: Another good plan
I'm running out of things to say about the artwork, though it never ceases to amaze me. This is what most older readers will remember from the earlier days, with the new injected into it. It's shiny, it's gritty, it's beautiful, it's face-y and it's all due to the more or less Italians (and Baskerville). Yes, I just went there.
UNDER FIRE! AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS unite to battle a common foe… but will it be enough to stop the DARK CYBERTRON prophecy from coming true? SHOCKWAVE’s plan reaches fruition—while in the Dead Universe, secrets are revealed!
Like: Bumblebee still has a face!
Will you look at that? We're almost halfway there. John Barber and James Roberts return for the fifth chapter of Dark Cybertron, and we get deeper into the story and what is actually going on in Shockwave's mind. Well, sort of. And be ready to miss all the characters you wanted to see more of, too!
Nope, not in here
The action only takes place in two locations, and that means two storylines, with one being left to one side for this issue (but they will be back!). And to be fair, there is quite a lot going on in the DU and on Cybertron right now, with Nova Prime and Galvatron coming through to this reality Alien-style through Megatron's body.
On the other side of the universe, Nightbeat does as Nightbeat is, we get some exposition and recapping about everyone and everything that has happened so far and find out that Cyclonus is - as we knew - really important for everything. Will it last though? Is there more going on?
I sense a recap coming
I'm intrigued by the various things going on, and confused by some of the details of the Regeneration Ore and the characters that come in touch with it - are they fully rebuilt/reformed? I liked the dialogue and the various digs at each of the writers and the characters themselves, and I really really enjoy the emotional level of some of the temporary deaths.
Two storylines, two artists: Livio Ramondelli for the DU, Robert Gill for Cybertron. I'm still unsure about the latter's Shockwave, especially the chest proportions, but I'm enjoying the rest of the cast. As for Ramondelli, his style definitely fits the tone of the DU, but Orion gets some shape malfunctions every now and then. What is it with robochests this issue?
I actually think that Romulo Fajardo Jr's colours really fit Gill's style, and there are some seriously gorgeous panels in here, with some nice cross-hatched shadings too. The effects of Skywarp's teleport malfunction are brilliantly rendered, too. Ramondelli's colours also make some scenes pop quite nicely, and his skies are glorious.
And it's Tom B. Long back on lettering, too. That first Metalhawk panel has an excellent sound to it, and so do some of the punches when Ironhide is involved. Let's also not forget Casey Coller's great cover with Joana Lafuente, Phil Jimenez and Fajardo's Rattrap and the great DU shot from Marcelo Matere and Priscilla Tramontano!
Thoughts Spoilerish ahead
I really enjoyed reading through this one, Shockwave is really letting himself go, there's some good humour without jarring with the overall tone, a couple of surprises and some really good uses of characters (including Megatron). I am, however, confused at Nova Prime's presence at different moments, and at what exactly happened between scenes. I can see this one working a lot better in its trade version.
Big words, Shockers
This issue proves it, working with two art styles is better than three, especially when the settings are so different. I really like the spreads and wider panels, and Metalhawk and Galvatron both look brilliant in it. One minor note: for the issue that comes with Rattrap (from the B cover) it really has very very little of the furry critter in it.
Lucky eight-graders at Detroit's Durfee Elementary-Middle School were treated to three-minute extended clip of Michael Bay's upcoming Transformers: Age of Extinction. According to The Detroit Hub the youngsters were the winners of “Get Schooled Attendance Campaign”, a Detroit Public School wide program sponsored by Paramount. Transformers: Age of Extinction co-producer Allegra Clegg was on hand to give the kids to give a presentation, hand out hats, and show the three-minute extended clip. Congratulations to the eight-graders of Durfee Elementary-Middle School on their attendance and what was surely an awesome experience.
Through the interactive online competition students had the chance to win prizes by “checking-in” online each day. Durfee students logged the most check-ins during the two-week campaign and won the challenge. About 85 eighth graders pulled off the win out of all schools in DPS that entered.
The Durfee students were some of the first to check out a three-minute extended clip of the film before anyone, anywhere on the planet. Seeing the clip and talking with the producer was even more special because much of the movie was filmed in Detroit.
Transformers: Age of Extinction co-producer Allegra Clegg
As this week sees the release of the beautiful Transformers: Art of Prime hardcover book from IDW Publishing, Seibertron.com was able to sneak a quick Q&A with the author and curator, Jim Sorenson himself! Jim, thanks for agreeing to do this.
Jim - You're welcome!
Va'al - First things first - how did the idea for the Art of Prime book come about?
Jim - Well, it was something that I'd been pitching for quite a while, before the show actually aired. I was living in Los Angeles at the time the Prime show had been announced, and one of the people in my extended circle of friends was Christophe Vacher (Visual Effects Art Director on the series). I knew him, and I knew he was working on Prime. I pitched the idea, he seemed interested, we went back to the studios, and nothing really happened for a while. I kept checking with IDW too, who had expressed a vague interest, and I pitched the idea several times. Then around June of this year I got an email from my editor: we're going ahead with Art of Prime!
I wanted to do a book about Prime but what made me decide it would be an art book was possibly the actual conversations with Christophe. We both realised Prime wouldn't work in the style of an AllSpark Almanac, the tone of the show is very different. So we decided the book would look at the art, at the process. IDW already had a successful product in the Art of Fall of Cybertron book, they were willing to do it again.
What I believe is one of the main points about the show is that the stories, characters, acting, they're all good - but what is really outstanding is the visuals!
Va'al – Very good point, the visual elements of the show have been acknowledged by many, and won awards all over the place! You've worked on The Ark and AllSpark Almanac previously, and you said you knew that Art of Prime would be different – how so?
Jim - Having made the decision that it was going to be an art book focused us, directed us differently. What we were working on with previous books was the story perspective, the characters, the events. With this one, we approached it from a design perspective: in some ways I wanted to get out of the way of the creators. There is very little of my voice in the first half of the book, and that was a conscious decision – I didn't want the readers to read about what I felt about the images. I wanted them to hear from the creators, what they were proud of, what their perspective on the process was. I thought it'd be a lot better to get them to speak.
In the first three sections, I let Jose Lopez (Art Director/Characters and Props) talk as much as possible, something that I didn't want to do with the Almanacs, something I possibly would've done with The Ark if we had access to the creators. As it stands, the Prime creators were more than happy to do it, and it was an extra incentive that they were able to do it in their own office, in their own time and talking about their own work. I think the interviews really help the tone of the book – it makes a big impact.
Va'al – It sounds like you were really engaged in the work around and about the book. What was your favourite part about putting together Art of Prime?
Jim - Definitely getting the chance to work so closely with the creative staff. At this point I've done quite a lot of books, from anthologies to collections, Transformers, G.I. Joe, articles for fan magazines – I find it really exciting to turn raw material into a book. But I've done it before. This time I got a chance to really jump in, go to the studios, see the creators work (they were at work on Predacons Rising at the time). Definitely the highlight of putting it all together.
A secondary pleasure was getting to see the animatics for Predacons Rising about three months before anyone else: I contacted one of the producers, as I had a fair bit of material that I couldn't find on the show at the time, so I wondered if it was for Predacons Rising and if I could get a script or something to set it in context. I'm not sure they understood what I was asking for at first, but once they got it they sent the whole thing, with my name watermarked all over it!
Va'al - Well, some people just have that type of contacts, don't they? Once you placed all the material you had, was there anything taken out, or things you didn't include?
Jim – There was a lot that we just didn't have space for, as it's already a 200-page book. I possibly still have another 20 pages that I wanted to put in, but did not need to get in. I would've liked to have extra pages for Shockwave, the Insecticons, Vehicons. Maybe spend a little bit more time on Silas and Cylas and MECH. I had an extra page for Knockout - no, Breakdown. Knockout was one of the last pages to get finalized, as we only had black and white artwork for the car mode. So I contacted Mathias Dougherty (Production Manager) for a color image, I told him 'It's Knockout, man! He'll kill me if he doesn't look his best!'; he laughed, and set off to look for the gorgeous artwork you now see in the book.
So yes, a lot more little things, but nothing that the book can't live without. I'm really quite proud of this one.
Va'al – It definitely looks comprehensive, and stunning. But do you think it'll appeal to all fans of the franchise? How would you sell it to a new reader?
Jim - Even if you're not interested in art books, the focus for this one is on process. Any Transformers fan, any fan of animation in general will find the process that goes into the creation of a cartoon extremely fascinating, I believe.
And it's very rare to have an art book like this for a TV show, you usually only get them for movies. As I said, I'm really proud of the result.
Va'al – I've been reading through it, you definitely should be. Thanks again Jim, this was a great quick chat! Any last words?
Jim - Thanks for the interest! I really hope you all enjoy the book.
Transformers: Art of Prime is out this Wednesday with IDW Publishing. You can find a preview for it here!
BATMAN CLASSIC 1966 RETRO 8" FIGURE SERIES 01 - SET, SINGLES
This new assortment has new head sculpts and costumes taken directly from the 1966 TV series. It includes Batman, Robin, the Riddler and the Joker, and they are priced at $26.99 each, or the Set of 4 at $104.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... eries%2001
1/6 SCALE ADVENTURE KARTEL DEAD COSMONAUT GOLOVOREZ
This 1/6 scale figure stands about 12.5" tall and has a removable outer suit and illuminated LED helmet with slide-down visor, as well as two pistols with holsters. It is listed at $154.99, $5 off the MSRP. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail
SCI-FI REVOLTECH #050 - THE BAT
Batman's flying craft from the latest movie will soon release as a Sci-Fi Revoltech item. It measures 5.75" long and comes with a detachable cockpit and display stand. It is listed at $49.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail
DEADPOOL MINI BUST - X-FORCE PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVE
The wisecracking assassin is shown here in his gray X-Force outfit. He has a gun in his right hand and is loaded with weapons such as swords and grenades; we have him listed at $84.99, $4 off the MSRP. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail
NEW DOCTOR WHO FIGURES
Five new items from the Doctor Who line are ready for pre-orders. They include the 10th Doctor and 11th Doctor in the form of 6.5" vinyl figures at $17.99 each, as well as a 4th series of the Doctor Who Titans 3" Mini Figures, which come as a Box of 20 for $179.99 ($20 off the MSRP) or as random singles at $9.99 each. Finally, a new Caliburn House 3.75" figure set from 'Hide', which includes the Eleventh Doctor, Holographic Clara and a Dematerialising TARDIS, and is listed at $39.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/list.aspx?list=14797
NEW JAPANESE EXCLUSIVES
Seven new import exclusives are listed and ready for pre-orders. These include the Sailor Moon R Star Mirror Case and Sailor Moon S Heart Mirror Case at $89.99 each, the 1/144 HGUC Silver Bullet (Funnel Prototype) at $57.99, the Sailor Moon Luna Room Slippers at $64.99, the 1/8 Scale RAH DX Ramba Ral Exclusive at 164.99, the One Piece Zoro Earring Exclusive at $154.99 and the One Piece Trafalgar Earring Set Exclusive at $209.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/list.aspx?list=14790
STAR WARS X-WING MINIATURES GAME EXPANSION PACKS - TANTIVE IV, REBEL TRANSPORT
These larger-scale ships bring a new Epic Play format and a new maneuver template. The Rebel Transport is listed at $59.99, and the Tantive IV is listed at $89.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... ion%20Pack
ALIEN COLLECTIBLE PINT GLASS SET
This set of 4 pint glasses shows the life cycle of the Xenomorph, and includes the Space Jockey, 'Big Chap' (aka the Alien), Kane's Chestburster and Ripley & the Airlock. This set is listed at $49.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail
TRANSFORMERS MASTERPIECE SMOKESCREEN, SMOKESCREEN WITH COIN
The third Nissan Masterpiece has arrived! Smokescreen comes with a blaster and two shoulder missile launchers and is listed at $79.99. Plus, the Smokescreen with Collector Coin Set has also arrived, which is priced at $87.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... arch=mp-19
TRANSFORMERS KREON MICRO-CHANGER COMBINER SETS
Our latest shipment included a variety of sets, and we have stock now of Defensor, Abominus, Decepticon Bruticus and Superion at $7.99 - $9.99 each. We also have the Series 02 Set of 3 (Defensor, Abominus and Piranacon) which is priced at $32.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... 20Combiner
MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE CLASSICS CASTLE GRAYSKULL
The new Castle Grayskull has been released. This huge playset includes a moving elevator, secret doors, a throne room with secret orb chamber and much more. We have it listed at $399.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail
DYNAMITE ACTION ALBEGAS
Albegas (also known as Voltron II) consists of red blue, and black robots that can combine in a number of different ways due to the magnetic part system used in this line. We have it listed at $254.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail
BATMAN ARKHAM CITY - THE RIDDLER STATUE
This statue is done in muted neutral colors except for the green highlights of the question marks on his jacket, tie and cane. It stands 10" tall and is listed at $99.99, saving you $25 off of the MSRP. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail
BREAKING BAD 6" WALTER WHITE - HEISENBERG ACTION FIGURE
This figure of Walter White in his Heisenberg outfit comes with a bag of blue crystals, a sack of money, a hat and sunglasses. It is listed at $16.99, $3 off the MSRP. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail
HALO 3 KOTOBUKIYA STATUES
We have received a small shipment of the Halo 3 Master Chief 12" ArtFX Statue and Steel Spartan 12" Previews Exclusive ArtFX Statue. Each piece is listed at $69.99, saving you $30 off of the MSRP. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... iya%20Halo
Goto Page: 1, 2, 3 ... 2738, 2739, 2740>> 27,399 total news articles in this section, 10 per page.